Curriculum Intro
Introduction

The Wilnecote School is committed to providing a broad, balanced and personalised education for all of its students.  The emphasis during Key Stage 3 is on providing a variety of experiences across the full range of subjects, ensuring that students are challenged and supported to achieve mastery of each subject at a level in line with their abilities and talents.  We personalise the students’ experiences through high quality teaching and personalised feedback on how to improve.  Additional support is given to those who need it in both literacy and numeracy through small group interventions and 1 to 1 tuition.  Those with special educational needs are supported to take part in the full range of curriculum areas.

At age 13, in addition to a core curriculum of English, Maths, Science, ICT and PE, students are given the opportunity to choose some of their courses for study in a 3 year Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 & 11).  This allows them to pursue their particular strengths and interests, whilst maintaining a broad and balanced range of subjects and a stimulating curriculum which is of genuine interest to them.

Our new three year KS4 courses allow students to study subjects in greater depth and allow time for the mastery of the skills required for each examination.

If you would like further information about the curriculum at The Wilnecote School please contact Mrs Helen Tonks (Deputy Headteacher: Student Progress) via our contact page.

Curriculum Structure

Our curriculum is organised into a two week timetable split into 25 one hour sessions per week.  In addition, there is a daily ‘Tutor Time’ session of twenty five minutes.

The Wider Curriculum

All students attend a twenty-five minute tutorial session three times a week in addition to two assemblies. These sessions are delivered in mixed age tutor groups and contain aspects of Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural education, Citizenship, Literacy, Numeracy, Economic Awareness, Health Education, Internationalism and Careers.

Key Stage 3 Years 7-8

Our Key Stage 3 curriculum has been designed to foster a joy of learning beyond the classroom and is based on the following principles:

  • It must build on the KS2 curriculum
  • It must be broad and balanced and cover the topics considered to be a vital part of a student’s entitlement.
  • It must be structured to allow for regular formative and summative assessment, through classwork and homework tasks.
  • It develops both practical and academic skills in each subject.

 

In Years 7 and 8 students study the following subjects:

English, Mathematics, Science, Art, Design & Technology, Computer Science, a modern foreign language, History, Geography, Religious Studies, Music, Drama & Physical Education.

 

Subjects are allocated the following curriculum time per week in each year:

 

Year 7 lessons Year 8 lessons
English 3.5 3.5
Mathematics 3.5 3.5
Science 3 3
Art 1 1
Computer Science 1.5 2
Design & Technology 1.5 2
Drama 1 1
Humanities (History, Geography, RE) 4 3
Languages 3 3
Music 1 1
PE 2 2

 

Key Stage 4 Years 9, 10 & 11

Years 9 – 11 (2018 onwards)

Our Key Stage 4 curriculum has changed.  Students in Year 9 now study their GCSE courses for 3 years.  This allows for greater depth and mastery of each subject and more time to cover the increased content of the new more rigorous GCSEs.  It also allows staff to build in more time to practise the necessary exam skills.

 

Following a program of Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG), all students are encouraged to select a broad and balanced range of subjects both academic and practical in nature.  Many students opt to study subjects that meet the EBacc requirements (either History or Geography and a foreign language) in addition to one further optional subject. This allows students to pursue courses in accordance with their interests and aptitudes.

 

In Year 9 all students study a core curriculum of English Language, English Literature, Maths, Combined Science, ICT & Core PE.

 

CORE SUBJECTS are allocated the following curriculum time per week:

 

Subject: Year 9
English Language and English Literature 4
Mathematics 4
GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy for all students (students will have the opportunity to choose triple science at the end of Year 10) 5
ICT 2.5
Physical Education 2

 

OPTIONAL GCSE SUBJECTS are allocated 2.5 hours per week

In addition to the Core students are required to choose from either History or Geography, along with two further options from:

 

Art & Design, Business Studies, Computer Science, Drama, Food Preparation & Nutrition, French, German, Graphic Products, ICT, Music, Physical Education, RE (Philosophy & Ethics).

 

Years 10 & 11 (2018 – 2020)

In Years 10 & 11 our students continue to study a two year curriculum.  All students follow a core curriculum of English Language, English Literature, Maths, Science & Core PE.

 

Following a program of Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG), all students are encouraged to select a broad and balanced range of subjects both academic and practical in nature.  Students in these year groups are also able to study four additional options.  Many students opt to study subjects that meet the EBacc requirements (either History or Geography and a foreign language) in addition to two further optional subjects. This allows students to pursue courses in accordance with their interests and aptitudes.

 

CORE SUBJECTS are allocated the following curriculum time per week in Years 10 & 11:

Subject: Year 10 Year 11
English Language and English Literature 4 4
Mathematics 4 4
GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy for all students, except those opting for Triple Science (Biology, Chemistry & Physics) 5 5
Physical Education 2 2

 

OPTION GCSE SUBJECTS are allocated 2.5 hours per week in Years 10 & 11:     

Art & Design, Business Studies, Computer Science, Drama, Food Preparation & Nutrition, French, Geography, German, Graphic Products, History, ICT, Music, Physical Education, RE (Philosophy & Ethics)

Triple Science (in place of Combined Science: Trilogy) 7.5 hours in total per week.